http://webcache1.fss.tiscali.com:8080/tmnews/20161019_video_10551975.mp4 The joy of the Christians freed from the tyranny of the self-proclaimed Islamic State is contagious, as the images from this video show. These are Christians from the town of Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, who have been trapped in jihadist terror since June of 2014, when their city fell to ISIS. They were welcomed…
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the recently freed people of Qaraqosh and to the people still trapped in Mosul. The rise of ISIS and its brutality demonstrates a sober reminder of the necessity to engage in just wars, to wage war justly, and to end war having satisfied justice. In Solidarity, we stand with the people of Iraq now breathing again the free air of liberation from tyranny and we hope with anxious expectation the liberation of all those currently oppressed.
“Lord God of might, God of our salvation! Look this day in mercy and blessing on Thy humble people, and graciously hear us, spare us, and have mercy upon us! This foe confounding Thy land, desiring to lay waste the whole world, rises against us; these lawless men are gathered together to overthrow Thy kingdom, to destroy Thy dear Mosul, Thy beloved Iraq; to defile Thy temples, to overthrow Thine altars, and to desecrate our holy shrines. How long, O Lord, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they wield unlawful power?
“Lord God! Hear us when we pray to Thee; strengthen with Thy might our leaders; reward them according to their righteousness, and let it preserve us, Thy chosen Israel! Bless their counsels, their undertakings, and their work; and give them victory over our enemy, even as Thou gavest Moses the victory over Amalek, Gideon over Midian, and David over Goliath. Preserve their army, put a bow of brass in the hands of those who have armed themselves in Thy Name, and gird their loins with strength for the fight. Take up the spear and shield and arise to help us; confound and put to shame those who have devised evil against us, may they be before the faces of Thy faithful warriors as dust before the wind, and may Thy mighty Angel confound them and put them to flight; may they be ensnared when they know it not, and may the plots they have laid in secret be turned against them; let them fall before Thy servants’ feet and be laid low by our hosts! Lord, Thou art able to save both great and small; Thou art God, and man can- not prevail against Thee!
“God of our fathers! Remember Thy bounteous mercy and loving-kindness which are
from of old; turn not Thy face from us, but be gracious to our unworthiness, and in Thy great goodness and Thy many mercies regard not our transgressions and iniquities! Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us, strengthen us all in Thy faith, fortify our hope, inspire us with true love one for another, arm us with unity of spirit in the righteous defense of the heritage Thou gavest to us and to our fathers, and let not the scepter of the wicked be exalted against the destiny of those Thou hast sanctified. Amen.”